The Oscars has suffered an array of embarrassing moments across its illustrious career, but chances are, we aren’t likely to see something more disastrous than the Best Picture mix-up on Sunday night for quite some time.
Following the highly awkward and mind-blowing altercation, in which Damien Chazelle’s La La Land was incorrectly named as Best Picture, before officials infiltrated the stage mid-acceptance speech to confirm that actually Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was the rightful recipient, The Academy and its accountants, PricwWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have released official statements.
Here’s PwC’s apology:
“PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night’s Oscars. PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner.”
…and here’s The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’:
“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.
For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”
Despite being dethroned by Moonlight, La La Land was still the big winner on the night, claiming six wins from its 14 nominations, including Best Director for Damien Chazelle, and Best Leading Actress for Emma Stone.